‘A litany of frightening statistics’: New UN 168-page report warns huge changes in society needed to save earth — Climate Depot’s point-by-point rebuttal
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AP Headline: “UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK”
Climate Depot’s corrected headline: “Former top socialist who runs the UN wants issues yet another worthless anti-scientific report demanding huge centralized changes in society”
AP article: Thursday’s [UN] report combines three intertwined environment crises and tells the world what’s got to change. It calls for changing what governments tax, how nations value economic output, how power is generated, the way people get around, fish and farm, as well as what they eat. …The UN report calls for an end to fossil fuel use and says governments should not tax labor or production, but rather use of resources that damages nature.
AP article: “Without nature’s help, we will not thrive or even survive,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises.” Thus the 168-page report title is blunt: “Making Peace With Nature.” This year “is a make-it or break-it year indeed because the risk of things becoming irreversible is gaining ground every year,” Guterres said. “We are close to the point of no return.”
Climate Depot response: It must be serious! The UN chief Guterres is a former president of Socialist International!
AP article: “This report gives specific solutions that it says must be taken”: Co-author Rachel Warren of the University of East Anglia said many of the solutions, such as eliminating fossil fuel use, combat multiple problems including climate change and pollution.
Climate Depot response: How nice. Just follow the UN ‘solutions’ and give up 80% of our fossil fuel energy and we can save the Earth! But remember, we will allegedly be replacing fossil fuels with solar and wind and electric cars that will require massive rare earth mining which will make us dependent on China.
AP article: “Our children and their children will inherit a world of extreme weather events, sea level rise, a drastic loss of plants and animals, food and water insecurity and increasing likelihood of future pandemics,” said report lead author Sir Robert Watson, who has chaired past UN science reports on climate change and biodiversity loss. “The emergency is in fact more profound than we thought only a few years ago,” said Watson, who has been a top level scientist in the U.S. and British governments.
Climate Depot Response: The UN dusted off science bureaucrat Robert Watson again!? Former Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore and I went head to head with Watson in 2019 at a Congressional hearing over Watson’s bastardization of species science. See: Greenpeace co-founder blasts UN species report: ‘That is not science. That is fiction. Fairy tale stories’
AP article: “This report uses the word ‘must’ 56 times and ‘should’ 37 times. There should be 100 more because action is so crucial, said former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, who wasn’t part of the report.
Climate Depot response: We ‘must’ all follow the UN agenda!? Former UN climate chief Figueres’ agenda is to seek a “centralized transformation” that is ‘going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different. Oh, and who should be our model? China of course! Figueres previously lamented U.S. democracy is ‘very detrimental’ in war on global warming and she lauded one-party ruled China for ‘doing it right’ on climate change.
AP article: “Time has totally ran out. That’s why the word ‘must’ is in there,” Figueres said.
Climate Depot response: So no more tipping points?! We have finally arrived at the END? This is great news because endless tipping point dates by which we must act were getting rather tedious. See: Earth ‘serially doomed’: The official history of climate ‘Tipping Points’ began in 1864
I thought we already saved the planet in 2015 with the UN Paris pact — oh wait, even the UN admits it was worthless. See: UN admits ‘historic’ Paris climate pact did not save Earth after-all! Now says: Cutting CO2 ‘not enough’ – ‘We must change food production to save the world’
AP article: Getting there means changes by individuals, governments and business, but it doesn’t have to involve sacrifice, said UN Environment Programme Director Inger Andersen. “There’s a country that has been on that path for 25 years: Costa Rica,” Andersen said. “Yes, these are difficult times, but more and leaders are stepping in.”
Climate Depot response: So every nation in the world now needs to bow to the UN and follow the model of Costa Rica with a population of only 5 million people? It also happens to be the home of former UN chief Figueres who is pushing this report.
AP Article: Earth is on the way to an additional 3.5 degrees warming from now (1.9 degrees Celsius), far more than the international agreed upon goals in the Paris accord.
Climate Depot response: So a UN scary prediction way into the future based on failed climate models should motivate us into action?
Earth has also been hotter than even the UN’s unfounded predictions: See: NOAA features temperature chart showing Earth’s history much hotter than today – Past temps ‘Much too warm for ice sheets or perennial sea ice’
Prominent Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack dissents – Laments ‘hubris’ of those who ‘believe that we can ‘control’ climate – Denounces ‘semi-religious campaign’ – Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack – Former chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania
AP article: About 9 million people a year die from pollution.
Climate Depot response: Even the World Health Organisation WHO lists the U.S. as having clean air. See: WHO reports: US ranked among countries with the cleanest air in the world – Significantly cleaner air than in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Japan, Austria, & France
- From 2017 – 2019, the amount of criteria pollutants in our air continued to fall:
- Carbon monoxide fell 10 percent.
- Lead (3-month average) fell 28 percent.
- Since 2010, lead concentrations in the air have fallen by 85 percent.
- Ozone fell 4 percent.
- NO2 (annual) fell 4 percent.
- Large particulates (24-hour) fell 22 percent.
- Fine particulates (24-hour) fell 12 percent.
- Sulfur dioxide fell 10 percent.
- From 1970 to 2019, combined emissions of criteria air pollutants and their precursors fell by 77 percent while the economy grew 285 percent.
- Since 2000, fine particulate matter concentrations in the U.S. have dropped by roughly 40 percent.
- The U.S. now has some of the lowest fine particulate matter levels in the world.
- Five times below the global average.
- Seven times below Chinese levels.
- 20 percent lower than France, Germany and Great Britain.
- Based on the most recent monitoring data, over 80 percent of that population is breathing air that meets EPA’s 2012 annual or 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards, compared to only 43 percent in 2008.
And don’t always trust air pollution models: See: Prof. Ross McKitrick on Air Pollution: The models get ‘more deaths from air pollution than you were death from all causes’ – ‘Particulates and soot are at such low levels in the U.S. — levels well below what they were in the 1970s.
AP article: There are more than 400 oxygen-depleted “dead zones” and marine plastics pollution has increased tenfold since 1980.
Climate Depot response: Special Report: Scientists Expose The Truth Behind the Plastic ‘Crisis’ – Greenpeace Co-Founder: The ‘sea of plastic is a fiction. The ultimate in Fake News’ – New report by team of scientists debunks the media and Greenpeace hyped ‘plastics crisis’